Swamp Children \ So Hot + Singles [LTMCD 2364]
Exapnded remaster of the first album by Factory funk band Swamp Children, who later mutated into latin jazz outfit Kalima. Swamp Children formed in Manchester in 1980, around core members Ann Quigley (vocals), Tony Quigley (sax and bass), John Kirkham (guitar), Ceri Evans (keyboards and bass), Cliff Saffer (sax) and Martin Moscrop (drums). Although their close association with fellow A Certain Ratio lead some to assume that Swamp Children were simply a splinter group, Swamp Children always pursued a more latin, bossa nova and jazz tinged agenda, and were an entirely separate operation.
So Hot was originally released by both Factory (Fact 70) and Factory Benelux (FBN 21) in October 1982, and was deemed an album of the year by Melody Maker, and earned a 5 Star rating from the Virgin Rock Yearbook. The six bonus tracks include both their earlier 12" EPs on Factory. Little Voices was produced by ACR frontman Simon Topping at Cabaret Voltaire's famed Western Works studio in March 1981, while Taste What's Rhythm (recorded in March 1982) includes You've Got Me Beat and super-slinky Softly Saying Goodbye.
1. Samba Zippy (Pt 1)
2. El Figaro
3. Tender Game
5. Sunny Weather
6. Samba Zippy (Pt 2)
7. No Sunshine
8. Spark the Flame
9. Secret Whispers
10. Taste What's Rhythm
11. You've Got Me Beat
12. Softly Saying Goodbye
13. Call Me Honey
15. Little Voices
Available on CD and download.
"One of those intriguing Manchester footnotes that provided much pleasure and enjoyment in the early 1980s, before mutating into the equally overlooked Kalima" (Record Collector, 04/2004)
"So Hot is a cool record to discover and enjoy all over again. When they get it right, like on the sultry, Brazilian-influenced Tender Game or the lovely, lazy and measured Spark the Flame, they're nigh on irresistable" (Whisperin' + Hollerin', 03/2004)
"Hints of Martin Denny and Sergio Mendes crop up, with an easygoing grace and bubbling energy" (All Music Guide, 10/2004)
"This is one of the best records of the year. Buy it!" (Melody Maker, 12/1982)
"Swamp Children grew up in the shadow of the more popular A Certain Ratio (with whom they shared rehearsal space), and a cursory spin through the group's discography makes it easy to see why. Both bands were enamored of walking bass, wailing brass and wah-wah guitar. But where Ratio eventually evolved into a kind of starchy white funk, Swamp Children were indebted to the cool groove of jazz and bossa nova" (eMusic, 09/2006)